Holiday traveling tips for seniors and caregivers


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Is your senior loved one planning to travel over the holidays? Airports will be bustling with holiday travel over the next few weeks, so it’s important to recognize that extra travel preparation is a good idea for seniors. Knowing what to expect can alleviate stress for your senior loved one, and for you.

Here are a few important tips:

  • Allow plenty of time for travel. If your senior loved one is traveling domestically, they should plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to takeoff. For international travel, passengers should arrive at least three hours before departure.
  • Make sure prescription medications are properly labeled. Ask the pharmacist to place identification labels directly on the prescription medications that will be carried on board -- not on the packaging for the medications.
  • Consider helping your senior loved one pack for his or her trip. Doing so can eliminate confusion about the TSA’s rules for liquids and gels. A simple rule of thumb is to abide by the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule.
  • Take advantage of airlines’ advance check-in policies. Many airlines allow passengers to check-in for flights at home before arriving at the airport, eliminating long waits in line.
  • Prepare your senior loved one for the screening process; it can be intimidating. Remind your senior that they will have to remove their shoes for X-rays and that their carry-on baggage will be screened.

Holidays should be an enjoyable, low-stress time – for you and your senior loved ones. We hope you find these tips useful as we work to alleviate some of the stressors that often come with traveling.

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